Robert E. Lee Letter Top Lot in Autographs Auction


Among the Civil War highlights of today's auction was a rare Autograph Letter Signed from Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant, proposing a man-for-man exchange of prisoners of war. Written October 1, 1864, at a time when both the Union and Confederate armies were burdened with large numbers of war prisoners, the request was ultimately denied as Lee would not include black soldiers in the exchange. The item sold for $57,600, far exceeding expectations.